I switched to an Android sometime last year and while I know, the world pretty much raves about the iPhone, I am quite in love with my Droid and have posted about how I use it to keep myself productive and organized.
Besides boosting my productivity, I love how my smartphone is actually quite smart about helping me manage my home.
Here are 5 of my favorite home management apps for Android and yes, frugal cheapskate that I am, these are ALL free:
This is my FAVE app of all time, ever. There isn’t a single recipe that I’ve tried from this application that hasn’t been a success. Yes, you do have to pay attention to the ‘star’ rating and read the reviews a bit but that’s okay. The best part is that you can simply look for recipes by ingredients, use the ‘Spinner’ function to come up with some interesting selections and save recipes to your favorites as well as Grocery list. All this in the FREE version. Yes, I do love it! It makes menu planning so much easier and interesting.
This is an application I’ve started using fairly recently but I love it because it organizes shopping for groceries and makes it super-easy. You can create a shopping list according to the store, using manual entry, voice recognition or scanning the bar code. You can organize lists according to aisle and adding products is quick and easy since quite a lot are pre-filled, so you just select and you’re done.
I know what you’re thinking, “Dropbox to manage home?”, but hear me out. We save our budgeting spreadsheet in a folder that both my husband and I share so we can both access it whenever we want from our respective phones or laptops, and update it on the go, easily. However, if you’re more tech savvy than us, you can also, check out the Mint.com application. I haven’t used it personally but I checked it out a while ago and it does look quite neat.
Ahh… I love this application because it allows me to read eBooks whenever, wherever without having to carry another gadget. I did ask on our Facebook page and the verdict was unanimous in that having an actual Kindle is kickass, but for now the app serves my purpose and makes it simple for me to catch up on reading on the go. A huge part of managing home is managing one’s time and this application helps me do that while letting me indulge in a favorite pastime.
Not so much an app as the others, but I just had to include it in this list because my Google calendar is literally a life- and sanity-saver. It syncs with my Google calendar on the laptop so I can easily check when a client project is due or when do I have a play date while I’m out and about. Plus, I can create different calendars for different purposes, color-coded for ease of understanding, and can view them all easily and quickly. And yes, you can share calendars, set multiple reminders for the same task and basically, make your life a LOT easier.
So, mamas, are you an Android user? What are your favorite home management apps and tech tools?
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